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Dr. Asta Balkutė returned to Lithuania after 10 years at Purdue University in Indiana where she completed a Ph.D in Social Studies Education. While at Purdue University she actively worked with pre-service teachers. Before joining VIS she served as a chair for the youth services and affairs at Vilnius City Administration. Her broad experience includes promoting youth empowerment through student-led civics projects, developing teacher competencies and leading international research projects. She has a passion for children’s literature, especially picture books which inspire her to view the world through the eyes of a young learner.
Meet our Inclusion Coordinator - Jemma Thomas
The Inclusion Coordinator develops and implements a coherent school-wide approach to providing support for students who experience special challenges in their learning. In this role she is charged with developing staff capacity to meet the needs of the range of learners in our care.
Jemma has served as a classroom teacher, grade leader, instructional coach, subject coordinator and Assistant Principal in schools in Sydney, Australia. Jemma holds a Master’s degree in Primary Education. She is passionate about finding new and innovative ways to engage students in the inquiry process and is committed to promoting teacher collaboration.
The MYP (Middle Years Programme) Coordinator serves as a member of the pedagogical leadership team. Responsible for the effective implementation of the International Baccalaureate (IB) Middle Years Programme, the coordinator collaborates with our teaching staff to ensure curriculum delivery, facilitate teacher professional development, and maintain program standards. This role encompasses overseeing assessments, monitoring student advancement, and cultivating and nurturing an educational environment aligned with the IB philosophy.
Meet our MYP Coordinator - Thibault De Smet
Thibault has been teaching MYP Sciences, Design, and Mathematics as well as Cambridge International AS & A Level Physics here at Vilnius International School. He believes that building strong and meaningful connections with students is the key to a successful learning environment and always tries to instill a sense of wonder in his students. Thibault hails from a small town in Belgium and has been living in Vilnius since September 2016.